The Relevance of ‘Commons’ Today


  • Catherine Peckham University of Kent



In this paper I will explore the concept of ‘commons’ by looking at the process of registering a space as a town or village green and its implications in urban areas. The significance of commons is increasingly being recognised, particularly in urban areas, as a way of thinking of property differently and looking at how patterns of use can legitimise collective interests. A central theme in private property is the power to exclude and the concept of commons could prove a useful tool in the claim of the ‘displaced’ and ‘excluded’ not to be overlooked. Commons have further potential as a sustainable economic model, specifically, the sharing of resources by communities. This paper looks at how holding property and resources in common could prove far more sustainable, moving away from the concept of the ‘tragedy of the commons.’ Furthermore, it highlights the far-reaching implications the concept of the contemporary commons has against a backdrop of increased privatisation, ‘gentrification’, and a recognition of the value of community. 

Author Biography

Catherine Peckham, University of Kent

BA (Hons) History, the University of Bristol, LLB (Hons), the University of Kent Legal Assistant at Kent County Council 




How to Cite

Peckham, C. (2016). The Relevance of ‘Commons’ Today. Kent Law Review, 2.